A Letter From The Publisher: may 4, 1970

DEPORTING from Moscow is—like piecing together a delicate mosaic," notes TIME Bureau Chief Jerrold Schecter. "Rumors, tips, observations and the dogged detail of the official press, form the pattern." Indeed, for Schecter, the patterns for this week's cover story on Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev and the Russian military began to form soon after he arrived in the Soviet capital 20 months ago.

Despite the military's extreme sensitivity, Schecter gained an understanding by assiduously studying the press, attending parades in Red Square and checking military bookstores for new regulations, articles and speeches. "One talks to former soldiers and friends, reads memoirs and...

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